Electronic doo-dads such as collision-avoidance systems used to be the realm of pricier models. Fuji Heavy, parent of Subaru, will change that. They are dead set to nannify all Subarus with their newly developed collision avoidance system, says The Nikkei [sub].
The reason? Officially, it’s “growing consumer interest in automobile safety.” The truth is, Fuji figured how to make the gizmo much cheaper.
Fuji’s “EyeSight” uses standard stereoscopic cameras. This cuts the price of the gizmo down to 100,000 yen ($1080.) That’s about half of what current systems cost. Still, a grand is a grand, and a Subaru is a Subaru. Let’s hope the el-cheapo EyeSight will remain feature optional.
EyeSight will first be given to the new Legacy, due out this month in Japan. Subaru reckons a take rate of 30 percent. Subsequently, the Impreza, Forester and other models will get their own EyeSight.
Most likely, you will also find the gizmo in minicars by Daihatsu, “with a rollout for vehicles marketed overseas to be considered next year,” as The Nikkei speculates.
The EyeSight system uses two cameras close to the rearview mirror. It looks for obstacles in front of the car. If it finds one, the system first warns the driver. If the driver ignores the warning, that system slams the brakes. That should distract them from texting or applying lipstick.